• Dealing With The Changing Landscape Of Patent Law

Sponsored by Suffolk Law School Intellectual Property Concentration

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2008
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont St., Boston

Dealing with the Changing Landscape of Patent Law
Tips, Tactics and Strategies

Sponsored with the Suffolk University Law School Intellectual Property Concentration

After being dormant for many decades, patent law has experienced substantial attention over the past few years. Numerous stories in the popular press have reported on problems with the patent system. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari on an unprecedented number of patent disputes. Some of their decisions upset long-settled precedent, while others created new uncertainties. Congressional action in the area of patent reform has resulted in proposed reform bills that have pitted different industries against each other, resulting in years of legislative gridlock. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office enacted sweeping new rules governing patent prosecution, which were promptly challenged in court, resulting in issuance of a preliminary injunction against implementation of the rules.

The turmoil and uncertainty in patent law makes it difficult for business enterprises to make strategic business decisions. Already challenging decisions on research and development, capital investment, and long-term Internet protocol strategy become ever more complex when the law is uncertain.

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